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Economic and Political Development

Despite the stunning pace of technological progress and economic growth in some countries, we continue to live with growing inequalities and unacceptable levels of poverty. In many countries, inadequate social protection systems, persistent violence, institutional instability and environmental degradation create complex poverty traps. The Economic and Political Development (EPD) Concentration attracts diverse students from around the world who are committed to fighting inequality between and within countries, eradicating poverty and its causes, and promoting inclusive growth and human development by expanding people’s civil and political as well as economic and social rights and freedoms. To take on these global challenges, our curriculum equips students with a variety of skills in policy analysis, program planning, monitoring and evaluation, and advocacy. EPD graduates go on to become managers, advisors, analysts and change agents with governments, multilateral institutions, consulting firms, development banks, non-government organizations and social enterprises.

The Concentration in Economic and Political Development (EPD) requires 18 credits, consisting of 6 three-point courses: 2 core courses (economic development and political development); 2 development practice courses (methods and workshop); and 2 professional focus area courses.
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